Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Chaplin – by Vocal Type

Do you have an upcoming audition for Chaplin? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for Chaplin, broken down by character.

Since Chaplin is a 2000s musical, the following songs are from shows between the 1980s – 2010s. There are also lots of British selections below to match the musical’s style.


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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call.


Step 2: Study the show

Before auditioning, you should get familiar with the show, and listening to the cast album is a great way to do that. Here’s where you can learn more about Chaplin.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Charlie Chaplin

A Place to Come Back to” – The Wind in the Willows

Foolish to Think” – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

How I Am” – Little Women

Never the Luck” – The Mystery of Edwin Drood


Hannah Chaplin

Another Winter in a Summer Town” – Grey Gardens

Anytime I Am There” – Elegies: A Song Cycle

Being Mrs. Banks” – Mary Poppins

Sylvia’s Lullaby” – Finding Neverland


Hedda Hopper

An Old-Fashioned Love Story” – The Wild Party

Jazz Time” – Marguerite

Only in New York” – Thoroughly Modern Millie

The Life of the Party” – The Wild Party


Mack Sennett

Buddy’s Blues” – Follies

Museum Song” – Barnum

There Is a Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute” – Barnum

Together Again” – Young Frankenstein


Oona O’Neill

Already Home” – The Wizard of Oz

I Still Believe” – Amazing Grace

Love Never Dies” – Love Never Dies

No One Cared Like You” – Nunsense II


Young Charlie

Almost Nearly Perfect” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Expressing Yourself” – Billy Elliot

Picture Show” – Bonnie & Clyde [Young Clyde’s part]

When I Get My Name in Lights” – The Boy From Oz


Ensemble (Altos)

Beautiful Things” – Doctor Dolittle

I Don’t Need a Roof” – Big Fish

My House” – Matilda


Ensemble (Baritones)

I Am My Own Invention” – Wonderland

I Cannot Hear the City” – Sweet Smell of Success

Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – Mary Poppins Returns [2010s film]


Ensemble (Basses)

Coffee Shop Nights” – Curtains

Everybody Loves the Windmill” – Mrs Henderson Presents

Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance


Ensemble (Contras)

Every Tear a Mother Cries” – Honk!

My Body Wasn’t Why” – The Glorious Ones

The Place Where Lost Things Go” – Mary Poppins Returns [film]


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Fabulous Places” – Doctor Dolittle

Just Beyond the Stars” – Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

Where Is the Rainbow?” – Nunset Boulevard


Ensemble (Tenors)

A Bit of Earth” – The Secret Garden

Drift Away” – Grey Gardens

Larger Than Life” – My Favorite Year


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Chaplin:

• “Actor!” in Audition Monologues for Young Men➝

• “I Don’t Want to Be an Actress➝” from Snakebit  (Jenifer)

• “Rooms” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “Where Is He?➝” from The Father Clock➝  (Flub)

• “You’ve Got to Come Back a Star➝” from 42nd Street  (Julian)


Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!


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Chaplin Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Chaplin, along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.

* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.


Act 1:

Look At All the People” – Hannah

What’cha Gonna Do?” – Hannah, Young Charlie, Ensemble

If I Left London” – Charlie

Sennett Song” – Sennett

“Look At All the People (Reprise)” – Hannah, Charlie

“Tramp Shuffle – Part 1” – Sennett, Charlie, Usher

“Tramp Shuffle – Part 2” – Sennett, Charlie, Usher, Ensemble

“Life Can Be Like the Movies” – Charlie, Sydney, Mildred, Ensemble

“The Look-a-Like Contest” – Ensemble


Act 2:

“Just Another Day in Hollywood” – Charlie, Hedda, Ensemble

The Life That You Wished For” – Charlie

All Falls Down” – Hedda

“Man of All Countries” – Charlie, Hedda, McGranery

What Only Love Can See” – Oona

“The Exile” – Hedda, Ensemble

Where Are All the People?” – Charlie

“What Only Love Can See (Reprise)” – Charlie, Oona

“This Man” – Oona, Sydney, Hannah, Mildred, Alf, Ensemble

“Finale” / “Tramp Reprise” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Chaplin did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.


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Stacy Karyn, Author of Audition Songs for Chaplin.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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